If you are not familiar with the “Inspired by…” series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!
And as this months installment marks the last summer look of this year and the weather had been exceptionally lovely, I decided to go with Chanels “Mediterranée” Collection for Summer 2015.
Admit it, you would love to lie outside on a deck chair, looking all glamorous right now, too!
Now I didn’t have a deck chair to lounge in and it was raining non-stop when I shot the look, but we will work with what we have.
Here it is: My take on the look
|Trying to look totally relaxed and in holiday mode.
Main focus were the eyes, featuring a gorgeous brown-golden smokey eye, very subtle, with a vibrant purple liner on the lower lash line.
I quickly realized I had no purple liner that would be vibrant enough, so I ended up adding a pigment on my purple liner to get it to pop. That didn’t work to well with my eyes, even though I decided not to put it on my waterline (I wear contacts).
Please excuse the redness…
|Close up of the eyes
1. How I did the base:
The face looks radiant and natural, but way too flawless to actually be natural.
To mimic this, I decided to go with a very light base and use a ton of concealer to cover spots, hyper pigmentation and redness. For setting everything a slight shimmery powder was needed, to give this “lit-from within” sheen to the skin I usually avoid. And finally no blush, but bronzer for a sun kissed appearance.
|Left to right: Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector in “Light”, TBS Honey Bronze in “02”, MAC Beauty Powder in “Shell Pearl”, MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in “Light”
– Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector in “Light” (Review here)
– The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzer in “02” (Review here)
– MAC Beauty Powder in “Shell Pearl”
– MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in “Light” (Review here)
2. How I did the eyes and lips
Recreating the eye makeup was challenging.
A subtle brown smokey eye with some gold eyeshadow on top was easy, but all the purples I owned were far too toned down to match the vibrant line the model wore.
I ended up applying a sparkly pigment on top of my purple gel liner, but the color didn’t quite match and I wasn’t able to wear it on my waterline.
The lips on the other hand proved to be challenging for a whole different reason:
I knew I would have the perfect match in my collection, but ended up confused by the amount of orange-reds there were to choose from.
Did I mention red is my weakness when it comes to lip products?
|Starting with the quad, going clockwise: MAC Eyeshadow Quad “Flip” used, Max Factor Masterpiece Liquid Eyeshadow in “Coffee”, Revlon 3D Volume Mascara in “Black”, Revlon Lipgloss in “Sizzle”, MAC Pigment Stack 4, MAC Fluidline in “Midnight Violet”
– MAX Factor Masterpiece Liquid eyeshadow in “Coffee” all over the lid
– MAC eyeshadow Quad, top right shade in “Flip”, put on top of the Max Factor “Coffee”
– MAC Fluidline in “Midnight Violet” on the lower lash line
– MAC Pigment Stack 4 on top of the Fluidline
– Revlon 3 D Volume Mascara in “Black”, multiple coats on my lashes
– Revlon Lipgloss in “Sizzle”
Now that I know that I am missing a vibrant pure liner suitable to wear on the waterline, I turn to you for recommendations.
Which one do you prefer?
Have you ever paired your brown eye with purple liner?